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Flood recovery update
Construction on Calgary's Harvie Passage is now complete. The passage, which has been closed since the June 2013 flood, was completely redesigned from river to shore. This new design is more resilient and has been designed to withstand volumes of water similar to those that damaged the previous passage structures.
A number of features have been incorporated in the redesign to make the passage safer and provide a more enjoyable experience for river-based recreationists. While this design may make the passage safer, there is no way, as with any river, to make this area completely risk-proof for boaters. Caution and good judgment must be used at all times.
Moving water always poses significant risks; those risks are increased when boaters make choices or act outside of their skill level and experience. Further, all boaters should ensure their watercraft are sound and that they and any passengers are wearing approved personal flotation devices and are observing all the rules and regulations around river-based recreation.
There are 2 passages for river users. It is imperative that users follow the directions and signage along the river.
- Eastern (river left) passage: This is considered a Class 3 passage. This passage should not be used by inexperienced or less-experienced boaters as the risk is significant. Experienced boaters should still exercise caution while navigating this passage.
- Western (river right) passage: This is a Class 2 passage. The waters are slower moving; however, caution is still required when navigating through this passage.
There are also opportunities for less-experiences boaters to exit the river before the passage and portage the major water features.
Additional benefits of the project include the new shoreline spaces along the passage that have been developed for people wishing to enjoy the beauty of the Bow from land. There are tree-lined walkways and beach areas for the public. These spaces are a delightful complement to the nearby Pearce Estate Park. As with river users, we caution all users of this area to exercise caution in or near the water.